Governor Walker's victory and what it might mean: Police and thieves in the street

I recently read a shocking report about a country presumably trying to combat criminality, especially narco-trafficking, and to do so are using brutish and restrictive means to kettle the general population.  One such means is greater surveillance and repression, both on line, on phone and in the streets.   The article noted that country has passed […]

History repeats itself - the first time as farce, the second time as tragedy — what about the third, fourth, fifth time?: Immigration

Some things never change; one of them is the divide and conquer strategy; the favorite tactic of the capitalist ruling class.  So much could be written that has and although the figures cited below are now much, much worse — with prison populations of over 2.2 million and unemployment and racism ravaging communities in ways unbeknownst […]

A “Smart Power” Coup in Honduras

By SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDÉS “If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine  will go far.” -President Theodore Roosevelt, 1903 “I am going to teach the South American republics to elect good men.” -Woodrow Wilson, […]

Magical Realism — A coup in Honduras, so Twentieth Century!

By Saul Landau and Nelson Valdes “I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go Communist because of the irresponsibility of its own people.” – Henry Kissinger, June 26, 1970 “I’ve heard many in this room say that they will not recognize the elections in Honduras. … What does that […]

2009 - The Year in Review

In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2009, a white transit cop in Oakland, California, shot and killed Oscar Grant, a young black man. Grant was lying face down on a train platform with his hands handcuffed behind his back at the time of the shooting. The cop claimed he thought Grant was going […]

OBAMA: ALMOST ONE YEAR ASSESSMENT

“He gave billions to Wall Street, cracked down on illegal immigrants getting health care, and he’s sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan….He may go down in history as our greatest Republican president.” — Jay Leno, summing up Obama’s first eleven months in office. After eleven months in office, Barack Obama has hardly revolutionized – or […]

Award Winning Flashpoints Radio Show Under Threat by KPFA Management

Award Winning Flashpoints Radio Show Under Threat by KPFA Management By Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff The Flashpoints radio program is being directly threatened with closure by station management. Budget cuts implemented by KPFA management; reduce staff time for Flashpoints by some 75 hours per week. Flashpoints, an award winning national radio program, originates at […]

President Funes of El Salvador sends the armed forces into the country of El Salvador to curb violence and gangs

As thousands of people gathered on the 20th of November, outside of Fort Benning, Georgia for the annual protest to shut down the US Army training center dubbed by critics as the “School of the Assassins” for having trained some of the worst human rights violators in Latin America, El Salvadorean armed forces have now taken to the streets of El Salvador in conjunction with the national police.